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Holden helps Bolton edge Birmingham, advance to FA Cup semifinals.

Adu thrives in new home, scores winner for Rizespor of Turkey.

Jones goes the distance for Blackburn, which drops Fulham 3-2.

Edu scores key goal, Glasgow Rangers advance in Europa League.

Dempsey fails on penalty kick, Fulham can only tie Chelsea 0-0.

Edu helps Rangers draw with Celtic, forcing Scottish Cup replay.

Dempsey beats Friedel, allowing Fulham to draw 2-2 with Villa.

Findley, Clark go down for weeks with injuries during training.

Bradley joins Aston Villa from Germany after transfer odyssey.

Onyewu strains back muscle, Twente awaits test results.

Edu tally helps Rangers to easy 4-0 victory over Hamilton.

Spector scores again, helps West Ham blank Barnsley 2-0 in FA Cup.

Onyewu appears headed to Dutch champ FC Twente from AC Milan.

Strange own goal undoes Howard, Everton in 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Clark, Cooper return to action for their clubs in Germany.

Holden drills home winner, lifting Bolton to 2-1 decision over Rovers.

Friedel's future is unclear as Villa searches for replacement.

Howard concedes bad PK, goal; Everton still draws 1-1 with Chelsea.

Friedel considers return to Columbus Crew as player-coach.

Spector's first two goals in six years lead West Ham to shocking rout of Man. U.

Dempsey assumes Fulham lead in goals, provides draw with Birmingham.

Riding the bench in Greece, Adu tries to find home in Denmark.

Holden's scores first EPL goal, adds assist in Bolton triumph.

Edu's goal before early exit gives Rangers 1-1 draw with Inverness.

With Edu in midfield, Rangers down Celtic to stay atop Premier League.

Neck injury to disable Bocanegra for at least three weeks.

Dempsey strike helps Fulham to another draw, 1-1 with West Ham.

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Americans Abroad

Holden suffers serious knee wound, could miss six months.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Monday, March 21, 2011) -- Stuart Holden, expected to be amidfield starter for the United States men this summer in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, is expected to be out for six months after sustaining a deep gash to his left knee sustained in an English Premier League match Saturday.

In the 75th minute of Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss to Manchester United, the Bolton midfielder and United defender Jonny Evans went after a ball on the ground, but Evans' boots were studs up and one bit deeply into the side of Holden's left knee. Teammates frantically waved medics onto the field and Holden was carried off the field on a stretcher before being taken immediately to a hospital. Evans was shown a red card.

Initial X-rays of Holden's knee and leg showed no broken bones. He was kept overnight with 26 stitches needed to close the cut before he was sent home. On Twitter, Holden wrote: "Just got home from hospital and last set of scans, all stitched up and awaiting the results. Thanks again for all your support. . . Not good news."

Today, he explained surgery was imminent: "I can promise you all I will come back stronger and better than before. Have had bad luck in the past and will continue to beat it."

The extent of his injury has not been released, but it is likely he suffered tendon damage. "First and foremost, our main concern is for Stuart and his recovery. He will get all the time and support that he needs," Owen Coyle, the Bolton manager, told the media. "Stuart has been outstanding for me this season and he has shown in his performances that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He has such desire, strength of character and a winning mentality, and he will draw on all those attributes in his rehabilitation."

Via Twitter, Holden said he did not think Evans tried to injure him. "Just had a sincere phone call from Jonny Evans wishing me the best in my recovery," he revealed, "(Definitely) wasn't intentional."

Two more American defenders playing in Europe will miss the upcoming U.S. friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay. Steve Cherundolo and Zak Whitbread have been dropped from the U.S. roster.

Both played full matches this weekend with their European clubs, but both are carrying minor injuries and will use the international match date weekend to mend further. Cherundolo has a groin strain and Whitbread is bothered by a sore back.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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